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10 Tips For Healthy Holiday Travel

For years, I spend 15 hours one way traveling in a car from Virginia to Michigan to be with family during Thanksgiving. I dreaded the long trip, but wouldn’t miss being with family during the holidays.

If you are like me, you may be boarding a plane, sitting in a car, train or some other form of transportation for hours on end to get to and from your destination.

Dr. Luis Navarro of the Vein Treatment Center in New York City wants you to travel in comfort. A Diplomat with the American Board of Phlebology, Dr. Navarro offers tips to avoid the risk of poor circulation and vein pain that often accompanies  long travel times.

Here are his 10 tips for optimizing the circulatory system during travel:


AVOID PROLONGED PERIODS OF SITTING AND STANDING: Walk up and down the plane/train every 1-2 hours, when possible, for 5-10 minutes

GET EXERCISE: ankle and lower leg exercises, such as ankle rotations

WEAR GRADUATED COMPRESSION STOCKING: Wear stockings, preferably knee highs with open toe, 15-25mm/hg or 20-30mm/hg

STAY HYDRATED: Double your water intake when traveling

AVOID ALCOHOL: Alcohol dehydrates so avoiding alcohol a few days before taking a long trip would be a good idea

AVOID CAFFEINE:  Avoid caffeine while traveling to help prevent poor circulation.

AVOID CROSSING YOUR LEGS. Leg crossing constricts veins and increases venous pressure.


WEAR LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING.  Tight garments can restrict the flow of blood to and from the legs.

ELEVATE YOUR FEET.  Raise your feet 6 to 12 inches above your heart whenever possible to assist circulation.

CONSIDER DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS.  Vitamins C and E act as antioxidants, which are good for circulation.  Flavonoids, butcher’s broom, and Horse Chestnut Seed Extract (HCE50) improve venous circulation and decrease symptoms of venous disease.

Thanks Doc, now we can all relax a little and enjoy the turkey!

  • Grayson

    These tips are really beneficial for all travelers. Professionally I am also a tourist and love to travel around the globe. I also found this post highly interesting and full of information. In these days I am going to enjoy my lake mead tours with my friends. These tips will prove very helpful during this trip.

  • Copa Air

    One should avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks during their flight. Air in the plane is dry enough to degydrate you even without alcohol.

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